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As I write this column, I am reminded of how my own coming-of-age as a scholar has been inextricably connected to the history of the Section. Economic sociology has always been at the center of my intellectual identity, ever since I came across the works of Granovetter, Zelizer, Powell and DiMaggio, and the likes. I remember attending the ASA meeting in the late 1990s as a graduate student working on the emergence of consumer credit and payment card markets in Russia and being profoundly dismayed and frustrated. Not only was it difficult to find a proper home for my own work, but there were virtually no other papers focused on markets, consumer credit or finance. (I ended up presenting in a panel on post-communism).Read More »